Measuring Lapel Width

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  1. markdc

    markdc Senior member

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    From past posts, it seems like lapel widths are measured at their "widest point." However, is this measurement made assuming the measuring tape is held parallel to the ground (completely flat)?

    I've attached an image of what I imagine lapel width measurement to be like. Please let me know if I'm mistaken.
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  2. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That works and is accurate.

    The other way is to measure parallel with the gorge but if the gorge has a diagonal angle it will change the measurement.

    Important thing is, if you are communicating measurements to another person, that they measure in the same way you are. Good to be on the same page.
     


  3. brittain

    brittain Senior member

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    You're the tailor and obviously know better than I do, but I always thought it was measured perpendicular to the inside of the lapel, not parallel to the ground.
     


  4. markdc

    markdc Senior member

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    brittain, that's exactly what I mean!

    Just saying "at the widest point" is open to a litany of interpretations. I guess my question is--when people talk about the "standard width" being 3.5 inches, how is this measured?
     


  5. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You're the tailor and obviously know better than I do, but I always thought it was measured perpendicular to the inside of the lapel, not parallel to the ground.

    That is the way I measure, perpendicular from the breakline of the lapel.
     


  6. jefferyd

    jefferyd Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That is the way I measure, perpendicular from the breakline of the lapel.

    +1
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  7. Wes Bourne

    Wes Bourne Senior member

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    ^ The black line right?
     


  8. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    Bump - black or red?
     


  9. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Black

    My vote is for black as well. This method would yield more consistent results. If you tried to measure perpendicular to the ground you could measure 5 times and get 5 different widths. Do you really want to break out the level for this? No.
     


  11. vncrz

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    According to my tailor and to Jason from TaT it's the black line.
     


  12. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    Black

    Thanks.
     


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    theyare Senior member

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    Bump - how would taking the lapel measurement change (or would it) if you were doing for a peak lapel?
     


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    Also, anyone know the width of RLBL peak lapels?
     


  15. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Measure on the black line, perpendicular from the breakline of the lapel. No difference between measuring for a notch or peak.
     


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